Red mark after tca acid peel burn for a birthmark.

Patient

Q: Sorry about the category, I just chose something to do with skin problems.I'm 19 and I stupidly used a very strong TCA peel on my neck to remove a birthmark. Anyway, the tca acid burned deeply and left me with an open wound. The birthmark went but I now had an open wound. The open wound took 3 weeks to heal over. That was more than 4 weeks ago now the skin is virtually healed and the texture looks normal and I have good feeling in it as well as it not being particularly tender or sensitive there's even the start of some hair growth so the burn wasn't that damaging. The problem is the area is red very pink looking and it has been like this since it healed over more than 4 weeks ago, how long until this goes away i've been using moisturizer and vitamin e oil and using a SPF of at least 50 when going outside. The area is pretty much almost perfectly circular and is about an inch maybe a bit more. How long do you think it will take for this to go and is there anything i can do to speed up recovery or mask it? I'm very self conscious about it and its impacting negatively on my social life.Personally I think its just redness from blood flowing through the capillaries because when you put pressure on a part of the area it whitens and looks close to my skin color when you release the pressure.Note: photo makes the mark more angry looking its not as bright red as that it's just the camera.

Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question. Chemical burns can be very serious and can leave permanent scars if they are not carefully examined and treated by a doctor. We recommend that you have this area examined by your doctor and treated if necessary. At this stage of the healing process you are likely experiencing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This can take up to three months to resolve completely. We do recommend that you continue to apply sunscreen to the area when you are going to be exposed to the sun. Please ere on the side of caution and consult a dermatologist to determine if you require any further treatment for this burn.

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